February 2, 2024, Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Holy Rosary (Sorrowful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary:

Today, forty days after the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also popularly known as Candlemas Day — since it takes place the Procession and Blessing of Candles at Mass.

Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess.

The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity. And with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter.

Overall, Jesus’ presentation signifies God made man’s entrance to His temple, presenting Himself to those who were searching for Him.

It also reminds us that prayer, penance, and contemplation result in a solid interior life that brings true Christian charity.

During the episode of the Presentation, we see Simeon’s prophecy of Mary’s sufferings. Pope John Paul II taught that ‘Simeon’s words seem like a second Annunciation to Mary, for they tell her of the actual historical situation in which the Son is to accomplish his mission, namely, in misunderstanding and sorrow.’ (Redemptoris Mater, n16)

Only those who pray and offer penance, like Simeon and Anna, are open to the breath of the Spirit. They knew how to recognize the Lord in the circumstances in which He manifested Himself because they possessed an ample interior vision.

In addition, today, and given that consecrated men and women are to be the light in the world — imitating Jesus, the Light of the World — we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. Pope St. John Paul II instituted this celebration in 1997.

The Church demonstrates its gratitude to all those who dedicate themselves in a privileged way to prayer and have a particular religious vocation to the contemplative life.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!

To Jesus through Mary!
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will!

+ Mikel A. | RosaryNetwork.com, New York